books read 2017

  1. Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
    Very interesting high school story about a daughter of Russian immigrants in graphic novel form.
  2. milk and honey by rupi kaur
    Some call it cliche but it's popular for a reason. Accessible beautiful poetry.
  3. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
    FITTING. This was a reread. Read it senior year in Sci-Fi Lit and now it feels more important than ever.
  4. The Great Gatsby
    I think I still like the cover more than the book. Another reread but this was mandatory since I'm teaching it to high school juniors. I enjoyed it a tiny bit more than the first time. Just a smidge. (Why is my autocorrect saying smidge is not a word and smidgen is??)
  5. John Howard Griffin's Black Like Me
    Taught this one. I was surprised to like it a lot more than I thought I would. I wasn't sure why they have been reading a book about racism written by a white man, but it is an interesting read for white people with his experiment. Still not sure it should be placed over black authors writing about the pre-civil rights era.
  6. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
    4 stars. The mothers' stories about growing up in China are the best parts. Not a big fan of any of the daughters' depressing stories.
  7. Illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling (obviously)
    Beautiful illustrations that do the series justice. This version got me to finally reread it.
  8. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
    I'm very into mythology but I drug myself through this one. Very easy read though.
  9. Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi
    Hilarious Iranian women talking about sex whilst drinking opium tea.. I'm in. Also a quick graphic novel read if you're into that.
  10. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    Read this on my kindle and it was my first Jane Austen read. I don't think I would have been able to read this without my dictionary feature so readily at my fingertips, but I loved the diverse types of personalities in the characters and Mr. Darcy is ~dreamy~.
  11. The Doctor Is In by Dr. Ruth Westheimer
    One of my first borrowed books on my kindle (which is a nice prime perk). I have always loved this little blessing of a woman so I gave it a whirl. She has a very logical and positive outlook on life that should be emulated by all. Need to read some of her books about sex next, since that's obv her specialty.
  12. Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie
    Funny and full of a world white Americans have no knowledge of. Alexie is talented and this is my second book I've read by him, and it is also his debut novel. A little piece of magic.
  13. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
    Wow wow wow. I saw the preview for the movie of this book last week, and that got me to finally read my copy that I've had for a few years now. The quote on the cover says it all.